Japanese car manufacturer Mitsubishi is being investigated by German prosecutors for suspected use of illegal defeat devices installed in its diesel engines, the Frankfurt prosecutor’s office stated Tuesday.
The Japanese car manufacturer is the latest company to be probed on suspicion of hiding unlawful levels of pollution following a regulatory clampdown on toxic fumes caused by Volkswagen’s 2015 assertion that it had cheated emissions tests.
Car manufacturers used engine management software to detect when a car was undergoing an emissions test cycle and choked poisonous fumes to hide the automobile’s real-world air pollution levels.
The prosecutor’s workplace said in a statement that delegates are probing a member of staff at a global car manufacturer for fraud, as well as a unit of a global automotive dealership firm, and two auto vendors.
In a press release, Mitsubishi Motors stated it had been informed about a probe of its German distributor as well as of its European R&D centers by local authorities.
Automobiles made by the company outfitted with 1.6 liters and 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engines are being examined over the possible use of an unlawful defeat machine, the prosecutor’s office stated.
Premises have been searched in Frankfurt, Hanover, and Regensburg in Germany as a part of the inquiry, it added.
German auto supplier Continental stated it is a cooperating witness in the investigation.
Bosch, in 2019, greed to pay a 90 million euro ($100.21 million) fine for errors in supervisory functions, which allowed car manufacturers to engage in emissions cheating.
After Volkswagen’s 2015 declaration that it had rigged engine software program with “defeat devices” to overpass U.S. diesel tests, several European states orders reviews.